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Archival sleeping bag (collectable?) - does REI have an archive or museum of old gear?

In around 1970-71, I purchased an REI Duck Down "Icelandic Special" sleeping bag, 33" x 76" with 2 lbs. duck down filling. 
It's a wonderful bag, though ended up being used very little and is literally like new, kept in the large cotton storage bag over the years.
I am wondering what it's value might be as a rare item from those early REI times. Do you have an "archive" or "museum" of such an item from your early brand line?
Thank you,
Lawrence Nagel

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Hello @DuckDown1971!

Thank you for thinking of us! What an awesome look into our co-op's history! We connected with our archive team and they would love to chat with you about your sleeping bag. We will connect with you via direct message for more details.

On a personal note, I happen to be an enthusiast of vintage REI gear and have a small archive of old REI catalogs. I took a look at the 1971 catalog and may have found your sleeping bag! I have included the photos below, I'd love to know if that is the same model you have!

Thanks again for joining our community, we'll be in touch via direct message soon!


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I actually have an old REI 2-person tent that I bought in 1980 (or '81). It was my first REI purchase. The tent is still in good working condition. I'll see if I can send a pic.

It was similar to the JanSport "Trail Wedge."

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Thanks for being willing to share. That would be great to see! Thanks!

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